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Taking it to the streets
Belgrade Pride as a litmus test for Serbia’s Europeanisation
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This chapter presents an in-depth analysis of Belgrade Pride between 2000 and 2015. It argues that the organisation of Belgrade Pride has predominantly been a product of particular configurations of domestic and international politics, in which the context of Serbia’s EU accession process has played an important role with diverging effects. Three phases are identified, which together present a story of engagement and disengagement of various political actors throughout the fifteen-year history of Belgrade Pride. Although it is a common opinion among activists and observers of LGBT rights in Serbia that Belgrade Pride happened because of the EU accession process, the chapter counters such assertions. And though it is undeniable that the EU and the accession process have played a key role in the three ‘successful’ Prides in 2010, 2014 and 2015, it is argued that a myopic view of these three Prides obscures the fact that the changing EU–Serbia relationship within the accession process has equally contributed to the reasons why Pride was banned for three consecutive years. Finally, the chapter argues that the return of Belgrade Pride is better conceived of as, what the monograph labels, ‘tactical Europeanisation’ – i.e. a performative act to communicate the readiness to Europeanise by aligning oneself with certain ‘European norms’, while disengaging and undermining with the underlying principles of the norm at the domestic level.

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